Final FRCR 2BNo textbook can replace 2B viva practice with consultants, however there are some textbooks that are very helpful in preparing you for your final exams. The list is not comprehensive and there is absolutely no need to buy all the textbooks below. 2B textbooks are not cheap – your senior colleagues who have sat the exam will have some books which you can borrow or buy from them at ‘mates rates’. Alternatively, you can make use of your hospital library and request these books. Ask junior consultant colleagues who may have some of these textbooks gathering dust on an office shelf! Also if you have other colleagues who are sitting the exam at the same time, set up a ‘book swap’ where you lend each other textbooks you have bought.
Aunt Minnie’s Atlas and Imaging-Specific Diagnosis
This is a great viva book. Classic 2B cases are presented with key radiological findings, a diagnosis and a short succinct discussion. The pictures are good quality and the discussions provide key background information which examiners may ask you about during your viva.
Chapman & Nakielny’s Aids to Radiological Differential Diagnosis – 6th Edition
This is the 2B bible and is by the side of every 2B candidate. It provides the most comprehensive lists of differential diagnosis and can be slightly overwhelming. It lists every possible differential diagnosis – for 2B it is the top 3 differential diagnoses the examiners want to hear! However, this is a great book to use as a reference during viva teaching with consultants.
Final FRCR 2B Long Cases
This is a good book to give you an idea of the breadth of topics that can be tested in the Long Cases. It also has useful tips however as the exam has moved to a digital platform some of the advice is dated.
Final FRCR 2B Viva – A Survival Guide
This is a great book full of high quality images accompanied with clear and concise explanations of the cases. It covers the full range of imaging modalities and organ systems. The exam technique tips are also very useful.
Final FRCR Part B Viva: 100 Cases and Revision Notes
This book is a little gem. It focusses on providing the knowledge necessary to pass one of the toughest components of the exam – the Viva. 100 common viva topics are presented, each one accompanied by model answers and tips on how to discuss the case in question.
Long Cases for the Final FRCR 2B
This book contains 42 practice long cases and each case is presented as it would appear in the exam. The cases are then followed by a model answer and also come with a further reading list. This book is written by a highly qualified team of authors with a wealth of exam experience and is definitely worth reading!
Mnemonics for Radiologists and FRCR 2B Viva Preparation: A Systematic Approach (MasterPass)
This is a really great book to kick-start your 2B preparation. It is an easy read and you do not have to be a fan of mnemonics to like it! The lists of differentials they give are much shorter and are the ‘must say’ differentials which examiners will be waiting to hear. This book should be supplemented with Chapman & Nikielny.
Paediatric Radiology Rapid Reporting for FRCR Part 2B
This is a new book (published in Feb 2019) which is designed to address an important deficiency identified in the FRCR Part 2B Examiners’ Report, in that “many candidates struggle with interpretation of paediatric imaging – even for common paediatric pathologies”. The ten practice tests presented, each with 30 images, will assist readers not only in passing the examination but also in the real world when they have to report paediatric radiographs independently. The range of cases covered, from neonate to adolescent, delivers a sound knowledge of both common paediatric fracture patterns and patterns which are subtler but require a definitive answer as to whether they are normal or abnormal. Guidance is also provided on how to describe each abnormality.
Rapid Review of Radiology
A great introduction to classic 2B cases with differential diagnosis and case discussions. Considered by many to be a 2B essential textbook.
Top 3 Differentials in Radiology – A Case Review
This is a very big book and should be used for reference. Classic 2B cases are presented with the top 3 differential diagnoses and then 2-3 relevant differential diagnoses. Short paragraphs discuss the key features, which differentiate between the differentials and key ‘pearls’ are provided at the end.